I came across this article on the BBC News website: Photo tool could fix bad images
And I have to say that I am very impressed that someone has managed to develop something this ingenious. But at the same time it raised a few questions for me.
Is something like this going to make photographers lazier? Remember the days before digital cameras? When there was no immediacy of seeing your shot and no instant correction if something was wrong with the picture? You had to take notes as to what settings you had used and then wait for the whole thing to be developed... and then figure out whether it was good enough and whether or not you had to go back and redo it? Well digital has been a boon to all of us... it's made things a lot easier... but it hasn't necessarily taken away the need for getting to know your camera and learn the fundamentals of photography yet. In fact we've probably had to acquire a whole new set of skills as well as the old ones (post-processing, etc).
The other question I asked myself was just how this would impact copyright issues. If someone uses a piece of my picture to enhance their own image, how am I ever going to find out? How are agencies like DT going to know? Are we all going to have to start producing some sort of certifications to prove that this is a 100% owned image? Is this even ethical?